World Cup 2022 Qatar: All You Need to Know

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This is all you have to know about the 2022 World Cup Qatar, including how to buy tickets, watch matches, and all the schedules.

The 2022 World Cup Qatar is an association football event in which the senior men’s national teams of 32 member nations across the globe compete for the ultimate trophy – the FIFA World Cup trophy.

It will be the 22nd edition of the tournament since it was first hosted in 1930 in Uruguay.

The tournament is the first to be hosted by an Arab nation and will take place from 20 November to 18 December 2022.

It will also be the last to have only 32 teams, as the next edition will feature 48 teams.

France are the defending champions of the tournament and have qualified for the competition, ready to defend the trophy they won four years ago in Russia.

For the first time, the tournament is not taking place in May, June, or July due to Qatar’s inclement weather conditions.

It will be hosted across 8 stadiums, with host country Qatar facing Ecuador for the opening match.

World Cup 2022 Qatar Qualifiers

The 2022 World Cup qualifiers took place from the 6th of June, 2019 to the 14th of June, 2022 which produced the 31 teams that joined Qatar in the World Cup.

It featured regional and continental competitions, including intercontinental competitions at the later stages.

The first match that was played in the qualifiers was between Mongolia and Brunei on 6th June 2019, while the last match was an intercontinental playoff between Costa Rica and New Zealand on 14th June, 2022.

A total of 2,424 matches was played, and 865 goals scored, with Ali Ahmed of United Arab Emirates emerging top-scorer with 14 goals during the World Cup 2022 Qatar qualifiers.

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2022 World Cup Qatar Teams

Apart from Qatar, with automatic qualification to the tournament as the host country, countries that successfully qualified for the tournament include; Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands, England, Iran, USA, Wales, Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland, France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia, Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia, Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, and Cameroon.

World Cup 2022 Qatar Groups

As usual 32 teams have qualified for the competition and they have been divided into eight groups – Group A to Group H. Each Group has four teams, with the Group winners and runners up qualifying to the next round of the competition.

Below are the World Cup Groups and the respective teams in each Group.

Group A: Qatar, Ecuador, Senegal, Netherlands.
Group B: England, Iran, USA, Wales.
Group C: Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Poland.
Group D: France, Australia, Denmark, Tunisia.
Group E: Spain, Costa Rica, Germany, Japan.
Group F: Belgium, Canada, Morocco, Croatia.
Group G: Brazil, Serbia, Switzerland, Cameroon.

Group H: South Korea, Uruguay, Portugal, Ghana.

World Cup 2022 Qatar Schedule

A total of 64 games will be played to decide the winner of the 2022 World Cup Qatar.

World Cup 2022 Qatar

The Group stages of the competition will begin on Sunday November 20 and end on Friday, December 2.

The Round of 16 will start on Saturday, December 3, and end on Tuesday December 6.

Quarterfinals starts on Friday December 9, and ends on Saturday December 10. The Semifinals is Tuesday December 13 and Wednesday 14.

The third-place play off will take place on Saturday December 17, and the Final on Sunday, December 18.

World Cup 2022 Qatar: All 64 match schedules, time and venue

Qatar v Ecuador: November 20 Al Bayt Stadium, 16:00 GMT

November 21

England v Iran: Khalifa International Stadium, 13:00 GMT

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Senegal v Holland: Al Thumama Stadium, 16:00 GMT

USA v Wales: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, 16:00 GMT

November 22

Argentina v Saudi Arabia: Lusail Stadium, 10:00GMT

Denmark v Tunisia: Education City Stadium, 13:00 GMT

Mexico v Poland: Stadium 974, 16:00 GMT

France v Australia: Al Janoub Stadium, 19:00 GMT

November 23

Morocco v Croatia: Al Bayt Stadium, 10:00 GMT

Germany v Japan: Khalifa International Stadium, 13:00 GMT

Spain v Costa Rica: Al Thumama Stadium, 16:00 GMT

Belgium v Canada: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, 19:00 GMT

November 24

Switzerland v Cameroon: Al Janoub Stadium, 10:00GMT

Uruguay v South Korea: Education City Stadium, 13:00 GMT

Portugal v Ghana: Stadium 974, 16:00 GMT

Brazil v Serbia: Lusail Stadium, 19:00 GMT

November 25

Wales v Iran: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, 10:00 GMT

Qatar v Senegal: Al Thumama Stadium, 13:00 GMT

Holland v Ecuador: Khalifa International Stadium, 16:00GMT

England v USA: Al Bayt Stadium, 19:00 GMT

November 26

Tunisia v Australia: Al Janoub Stadium, 10:00 GMT

Poland v Saudi Arabia: Education City Stadium, 13:00 GMT

France v Denmark: Stadium 974, 16:00 GMT

Argentina v Mexico: Lusail Stadium, 19:00 GMT

November 27

Japan v Costa Rica: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, 10:00 GMT

Belgium v Morocco: Al Thumama Stadium, 13:00 GMT

Croatia v Canada: Khalifa International Stadium, 16:00 GMT

Spain v Germany: Al Bayt Stadium, 19:00 GMT

November 28

Cameroon v Serbia : Al Janoub Stadium, 10:00 GMT

South Korea v Ghana: Education City Stadium, 13:00 GMT

Brazil v Switzerland: Stadium 974, 16:00 GMT

Portugal v Uruguay: Lusail Stadium, 19:00 GMT

November 29

Holland v Qatar: Al Bayt Stadium, 15:00 GMT

Ecuador v Senegal: Khalifa International Stadium, 15:00 GMT

November 30

Australia v Denmark: Al Janoub Stadium, 15:00 GMT

Tunisia v France: Education City Stadium, 15:00 GMT

Poland v Argentina: Stadium 974, 19:00 GMT

Saudi Arabia v Mexico: Lusail Stadium, 19:00 GMT

December 1

Croatia v Belgium: Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, 19:00 GMT

Canada v Morocco: Al Thumama Stadium, 19:00 GMT

Japan v Spain: Khalifa International Stadium, 19:00 GMT

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Costa Rica v Germany: Al Bayt Stadium, 19:00 GMT

December 2

Ghana v Uruguay: Al Janoub Stadium, 19: 00 GMT

South Korea v Portugal: Education City Stadium, 15:00 GMT

Serbia v Switzerland: Stadium 974, 19:00 GMT

Cameroon v Brazil: Lusail Stadium, 19:00 GMT

Last 16 fixtures

December 3

Match 49 – 1A v 2B – Khalifa International Stadium, 15:00 GMT

Match 50 – 1C v 2D – Ahmad Bin Ali Stadium, 19:00 GMT

December 4

Match 52 – 1D v 2C – Al Thumama Stadium 15:00 GMT

Match 51 – 1B v 2A – Al Bayt Stadium, 19:00 GMT

December 5

Match 53 – 1E v 2F – Al Janoub Stadium, 15:00 GMT

Match 54 – 1G v 2H – Stadium 947, 19:00 GMT

December 6

Match 55 – 1F v 2E – Education City Stadium, 15:00 GMT

Match 56 – 1H v 2G – Lusail Stadium, 19:00 GMT

Quarter-finals

December 9

Match 57 – Winner49 v Winner50 – Lusail Stadium, 19:00 GMT

Match 58 – Winner53 v Winner54 – Education City Stadium, 15:00 GMT

December 10

Match 59 – Winner51 v Winner52 – Al Bayt Stadium, 19:00 GMT

Match 60 – Winner55 v Winner56 – Al Thumama Stadium, 15:00 GMT

Semi-finals

December 13

Match 61 – Winner57 v Winner58 – Lusail Stadium, 19:00 GMT

December 14

Match 62 – Winner59 v Winner60 – Al Bayt Stadium, 19:00 GMT

December 17

Match 63 – Khalifa International Stadium, 15:00 GMT

Final

December 18

Match 64 – Lusail Stadium, 15:00 GMT

World Cup 2022 Qatar: How to watch

All matches will be streamed via the digital channels of accredited media organizations in partnership with FIFA. You can buy tickets HERE, or watch all games online HERE.

Below is the video of the full speech of FIFA president Gianni Infantino on the eve of World Cup 2022 Qatar

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